written by Christina Katz
photo by Willow & Pine Photography
Photo: Bethany Rupp and her boys Levi (oldest) and Brady (youngest). They live in Augusta Pines.
It’s May which means flowers are blooming, birds are singing and it’s time to celebrate your mother, grandmother or another maternal figure in your life. I never fully appreciated my mother until I moved out to go to college and then later became a mother myself.
Here is a list of some of the attributes I appreciate about my mom:
10. She loves to bake.
As a child when I came home from school there was always a yummy treat to eat. Now my kids look forward to her delicious desserts.
9. She’s organized.
As a child, I could easily find everything due to her organization. I’m an organized person thanks to her which have helped me receive high grades in school, be successful at jobs and figure out my children’s busy schedules. It also helps with paying bills on time and other household-related tasks.
8. She laughs at all my jokes.
Whenever I tell a joke or make a humorous comment, she always laughs. It is nice to be able to make someone else happy and it allows me to feel like the comedian for a moment.
7. She loves reading.
Some of my first memories are going to the library with my mom. Thanks to my mom’s love of reading, I’m a voracious reader and a regular at our local library. My kids also go to the library every week and they love reading too.
6. She did my laundry.
Until I moved out, my clean clothes just magically appeared in my room. Now that I’m a mom of three children with a minimum of one wash per day, I can fully appreciate how difficult it was to clean and put away all my clothes for 18 years.
5. She greeted me when I got home from school.
I didn’t think this was significant until my mom got a temporary job for a few months during the holiday season. Even though I was old enough to drive a car, I didn’t like coming home to an empty house and missed seeing my mom. I was glad when she no longer had the job and was there when I got home from school.
4. She loves playing board games.
As a child, I loved playing board games like Clue and my mom’s favorite Scrabble. Now my kids love to play board games with her. This is a great way to build social skills.
3. She is good at spelling and grammar.
Before there was spell check, my mom corrected my school papers because I’m horrible at spelling and often make grammar errors. To this day she will sometimes read my writing first and make corrections (since spell check isn’t as good as my mom).
2. She’s my #1 Fan.
Whenever I’m successful she is there to congratulate me. Even when I fail at something, she encourages me to try again or helps me figure out how to succeed at my next attempt. She supports me when I’m trying new things or experiencing difficulty.
And the number #1 attribute I appreciate about my mom is…
She loves being my mom.
What are the 10 things you appreciate about your mom? I bet she’d love to know. Instead of sending her an expensive gift or sappy card, why not give her a handwritten note with her top 10 list?! She’d probably treasure it more than you know!
Cheryl Maguire holds a Master of Counseling Psychology degree. She is married and is the mother of twins and a daughter. You can find her at [email protected]